5 Smart Money Moves
Unless you’re hugely lucky, wealth is something you’ll need to work at, but there’s no reason why rich guys should have a monopoly on how to put more cash in your pocket.
1. Short Cuts
There are three guaranteed short cuts to riches. Here they are.
+ Be born rich. This one is the best because
it requires absolutely no effort. The drawback, of course, is that it can be very disappointing when you stuff up your good fortune. Especially when someone less able (or lucky) than you doesn’t.
+ Marry rich. This may look like it requires effort, and to some will suggest compromise, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Simply follow these well-established Darwinian principles from an early age and it shall all be yours: when faced with two equally attractive and appropriate mating partners, pick the rich one; and if you can’t determine their wealth, pick the one whose parents drive a German car. Only through these simple guidelines will you one day find the French Riviera boring.
+ Win the Lotto. Quite a specific requirement. And just so you know, your chances of winning the South African Lotto jackpot are about one in 13 983 816 (0.0000072 percent). Of course, the real value of Lotto is not in
the winning, it’s in the hope. Many decades of financial theory have distilled happiness down to the expectation of an improvement in your standard of living. Not an actual improvement, just the “expectation” of one. On that basis, a Lotto ticket has tremendous value even without a win. It gives you hope, and it has to be said, for many South Africans, that is enough. Of course, if you don’t hit the jackpot with any of these guaranteed ways to wealth, you’ll just have to try something else. Here are some ideas.